Hey guys and gals. Sorry it has been over a month since I posted. Life has been a little hectic. Last time I posted, I had gone on my first underway. I was suppose to have gone on a few more since then. Sooooo…yeah, that did not happen lol. Long story short, the ship continued to have issues and our Commanding Officer (CO) thought it best not to risk getting underway and something going wrong.
While I was looking forward to getting underway for a bit, it did allow me to get qualified as Officer of the Deck (OOD) In Port. It is one of the wickets I must complete to get my Surface Warfare Supply Corps Officer (SWSCO) pin. It is expected that first tour Supply Corps officers earn their SWSCO during their first sea tour. The sooner you earn it, the better it looks. Usually, as long as you earn it no later than 18 months after you have arrived at your ship, you are on track.
Sooooo…yeah, being OOD In Port has been an interesting experience for me. On my first day watch, we had a toxic gas leak. Like my second day watch, we had a fire. I knew what to do, but the problem was my radio kept breaking up so I could not hear what the problem was and then when I finally heard what it was, it was not described as a fire. Luckily, no one was hurt and it was not a major fire, but it definitely stressed me out. I never want anyone to get hurt because I did not call away something fast enough. No one was upset with me because the information passed to me was incorrect. I am never standing a day watch again lol. Bad things always seem to happen during my watch.
I am getting moved to a new platform. When I was assigned the billet, it was unfunded. Sooooo…yeah, they are not going to fund it. Which means I have to be moved. While I like the crew I am with, I think it is actually for the best for my career. Right now, a Chief Petty Officer (CPO) is the SUPPO. I have been dubbed the Logistics Officer (LogO). I really did not have a role. Honestly, the CPO does not need me. The way LCS is set up, a lot of the paperwork that Supply normally handles is handled off ship. Being LogO, I ended up doing some paperwork, but a lot of the stuff I did was stuff that the enlisted Sailors normally did. I did not mind…it really is a team environment…but I think it would have hurt me in the long run. My CPO definitely tried to give me Supply Officer tasks, but with having all the designation letters, there was only so much he could do. The next platform I am suppose to go to is a Guided Missile Destroyer (DDG). A DDG should be a good experience. There are only two Supply officers on the ship so it will be me and SUPPO…which means I need to go back and review all my supply stuff from BQC to make sure I am ready. I am suppose to be making the move in January, just waiting on my orders. A couple of my friends are on DDGs so I am going to touch bases with them and get their thoughts. I have made some good contacts since my time with LCS so I definitely know people I can go to if I need assistance.
Sooooo…yeah, that has been what has been going on with me. Hopefully, I am able to start posting more on the regular.